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TechMarketView quotes from the press

TechMarketView's analysts are highly respected as experts in their fields and frequently called upon to share their insight both with our clients and the media. Below is a summary of just some of the articles quoting TechMarketView that have appeared in national newspapers and the IT trade press in recent weeks.

The Times

Troubled reseller gets channel heavyweight as CEO - 5th October
Analyst: Martin Courtney
Martin Courtney, principal analyst at TechMarketView, said Redcentric will be hoping Jagusz will breathe new impetus and integrity into the troubled company after the FY17 accounting scandal delivered an operating loss of £3m. "We wish Jagusz luck - Redcentric's challenge is engineering a return to profit while minimising any reputational damage from ongoing Financial Conduct Authority and Financial Reporting Council investigations," he said.

VAR secures £10m investment to fund acquisition - 5th October
Analyst: Kate Hanaghan
Kate Hanaghan, chief research officer at analyst TechMarketView said: "Roc provides services to support business process, project delivery, and technology transformation. As it continues to grow we'll see it invest to improve its own operations and infrastructure and keep an eye out for additional acquisition opportunities."

'Painful times' for Datatec as Westcon struggles - 6th October
Analyst: Kate Hanaghan
"It's painful times for Datatec," said Kate Hanaghan, chief research officer at TechMarketView. "The primary root cause of this performance was the Westcon subsidiary, which continued to experience disruption 'as a result of the final SAP implementation in EMEA'. Additional headwinds came in the shape of finance charges, amortisation expense and effective tax rate - all of which were higher than last year."

From Dell’s channel majority push to Bytes-Phoenix union: Five things we’ve learned this month - 16th October 2017
Analyst: Kate Hanaghan
"It's painful times for Datatec," said Kate Hanaghan, chief research officer at TechMarketView. "The primary root cause of this performance was the Westcon subsidiary, which continued to experience disruption ‘as a result of the final SAP implementation in EMEA'. Additional headwinds came in the shape of finance charges, amortisation expense and effective tax rate - all of which were higher than last year."

Mixed bag for RedstoneConnect in half-year results - 10th October 2017
Analyst: Martin Courtney
Martin Courtney, principal analyst at TechMarketView, said RedstoneConnect attributed the fall in SI turnover to the timing of income from some of its larger contracts, and does not believe the business is in terminal decline.  "Rather, chief executive Mark Braund sees designing infrastructure for smart buildings as a core part of the business going forwards, one that enables the software and services entities to accelerate their growth in tandem," said Courtney.

The Financial Times

Angry Birds maker Rovio’s shares plunge on third-quarter loss - 23rd November
Analyst: Richard Holway
Rovio Entertainment lost a fifth of its market value on Thursday after the Angry Birds maker swung to third-quarter losses in its first results as a public company… Richard Holway, chairman of TechMarketView, said the company’s future would depend on its ability to develop a second game as popular as its first. “This whole business goes on whether or not you can have a second game that is a hit,” he said. “If it costs you more to get a new user than that user is willing to spend on you, then that’s a very bad business plan.”

Liberty Global forms joint venture with UK telecoms investor - 22nd November
Analyst: Anthony Miller
Liberty Global has formed a joint venture with one of the UK’s most acquisitive telecoms investors, as it looks to boost the growth prospects of its Virgin Media business unit... Anthony Miller, an analyst with TechMarketView, said that many small businesses like dealing with smaller telecoms providers, not giant players. He added that MXC also needs to deal with the “mouse dances with elephant’ syndrome” in its partnership with Liberty.

Liberty Global forms joint venture with UK telecoms investor - 20th November
Analyst: Anthony Miller
Anthony Miller, an analyst with TechMarketView, said that many small businesses like dealing with smaller telecoms providers, not giant players. He added that MXC also needs to deal with the “mouse dances with elephant’ syndrome” in its partnership with Liberty.

Imagination Technologies deal ends run as UK’s bright spark - 4th November
Analyst: Richard Holway
Richard Holway, an analyst at TechMarketView, argues that the constant sell-off of UK technology companies bodes ill for the homegrown sector. “With all these takeovers — particularly the foreign ones — there ought to be more that is taken into consideration other than just ‘price’. The UK will never have a mega tech company if it goes on like this,” he says.

CNN Money

Angry Birds IPO fails to take off - 3rd October
Analyst: Richard Holway
The company's hit game series -- Angry Birds -- has been downloaded over 3.7 billion times. But other investors are worried about its ability to churn out new hit games. Richard Holway, chairman of TechMarketView, said the fear is that Rovio will turn out to be another "one-hit wonder." Other hit gaming companies serve as cautionary tales.

UKAuthority

Police to spend more on software and IT services - 23rd October 2017
Analyst: Dale Peters
Police services are going to provide the highest growth in the public sector for investment in software and IT services (SITS) over the next few years, according to a new report from IT analyst company TechMarketView. Report author Dale Peters told UKAuthority that this is partly in response to the financial pressures to work differently. “It’s only in more recent years that there has been proper collaboration between forces,” he said. “In many cases there are still 48 different ways of doing things, but austerity has forced them to think about how digital can help them address the issues and the changing nature of crime. They can see digital helps them.”

Police Professional

Forces accelerate IT investment - 25th October
Analyst: Dale Peters
Policing will provide the highest growth in the public sector for investment in software and IT services (SITS) over the next few years, according to a new report from IT analyst company TechMarketView.

Computer Weekly

Making public cloud ERP work for your business - 9th October
Analyst: Angela Eager
Angela Eager, research director at UK IT analyst house TechMarket View, believes gaining the benefits of cloud ERP is not primarily about whether you chose private or public, but about ensuring that the cloud you choose allows you to attain new levels of flexibility. “Simply lifting and shifting an ERP system to the cloud will rarely bring sufficient benefits, especially when the cost and disruption of migration is factored in,” says Eagre.

AWS continues to power Amazon profits - 27th October
Analyst: Kate Hanaghan
Kate Hanaghan, chief research officer at analyst TechMarketView, said despite Amazon and Microsoft’s cloud success, buyers and suppliers still face challenges. “The conundrum for senior IT decision makers is bringing cloud services into the fold, while at the same time nurturing legacy infrastructure systems to create an overall hybrid environment that is more efficient and much more capable of enabling digital change at scale,” she said.

The Register

Liberty and MXC jump into bed, light up joint venture - 20th November
Analyst: Anthony Miller
Anthony Miller, analyst at TechMarketView, pointed out that the UK is not short of mid-market IT services players, and the joint venture will consolidate “the very fragmented market.” “However, the mid-market is fragmented for very good reasons – mainly because SMEs tend to prefer to be clients of service providers of similar size, rather than get lost down the bottom of the client list of an industry giant," he added.

Word on the Rimini Street: Software support firm smiles through Oracle pain - 10th November
Analyst: Angela Eager
Although the results are unlikely to have Oracle and SAP quaking in their boots - they may be pause for thought. As Angela Eager of TechMarketView pointed out, growth for a company offering your customers software support “represents a loss of business to them”. The loss is effectively a drop in the ocean to the big vendors. In fiscal 2017, Oracle reported software licences updates and support revenues of $19bn.

UK.gov: IT contracts should be no more than 7 years. (Not 18, Fujitsu) - 10th November
Analyst: General
However, it's certainly true that some dinosaurs of government IT are losing out in the new world order. For example, BT and DXC (formerly HPE's enterprise services biz and CSC) saw a double-digit percentage drop in their government biz, according to a recent report by TechMarketView. Many government departments are at least talking about a shift to the cloud, using the cloudy Big Boys: AWS and Azure.

SAP reassures market: Cloud is sustainable, just don't look at our wheezing bookings - 19th October 2017
Analyst: Angela Eager
Elsewhere, SAP trumpeted what it described as increasing interest in the integrated business suite S/4HANA. There was a 70 per cent year-on-year increase in customers this quarter to 6,900, which includes 600 net new customers signed up in Q3. However, as TechMarketView analyst Angela Eager pointed out, the proportion of cloud to on-premises implementations isn't clear. "As software licence revenue held steady at €1.03bn, this suggests on-premises and hybrid deployments," she said.

Chanelnomics

Struggling Westcon Europe heralds 'painful times' for Datatec - 6th October
Analyst: Kate Hanaghan
"It's painful times for Datatec," said Kate Hanaghan, chief research officer at TechMarketView."The primary root cause of this performance was the Westcon subsidiary, which continued to experience disruption 'as a result of the final SAP implementation in EMEA'. Additional headwinds came in the shape of finance charges, amortisation expense and effective tax rate - all of which were higher than last year."

French behemoth Atos set to swallow Siemens CVC - 9th October
Analyst: Georgina O'Toole
"The potential for Atos UK to penetrate the telco market is interesting as we do not believe the UK business has much of a presence in that vertical currently," said Georgina O'Toole, chief analyst at TechMarketView. "Other high-growth markets in which CVC is active include satellite and civil airplane manufacturers and operators."

Chanel Web

Four things we learned from Cisco's Q1 results - 16th November
Analyst: Martin Courtney
Cisco claims that its new reporting method "better aligns our product categories with our evolving business model", but TechMarketView analyst Martin Courtney thinks Cisco is trying to "direct attention away from its declining legacy hardware business and towards the high-growth areas of Cisco's portfolio". Either way, Cisco's new method of divvying up its business gives further fuel to its mission of diversifying its product portfolio and becoming better acquainted with emerging tech such as cloud and IoT.

V3

English schools failing to offer students revamped GCSE Computer Science - 10th November
Analyst: Dale Peters
Dale Peters, an analyst at TechMarketView, commented: "Teachers are being asked to teach an unfamiliar subject and there are too few teachers with the requisite skills to teach the curriculum. "The government only reached 68 per cent of its recruitment target for computing teachers in 2016-17. We know that computer science skills are in high demand in industry, so its unsurprising that far fewer Computer Science graduates choose to enter teaching than in other subjects, but it's not sustainable.”

Computing

Half of English schools fail to offer Computer Science at GCSE, claims Royal Society report - 10th November
Analyst: Dale Peters
More than half of schools in England are failing to offer pupils access to the revamped GCSE Computer Science course, a report had revealed today… Dale Peters, an analyst at TechMarketView, commented: "Teachers are being asked to teach an unfamiliar subject and there are too few teachers with the requisite skills to teach the curriculum.

Newburgh Gazette

The Royal Society urges the government to increase computer education - 10th November
Analyst: Dale Peters
The new English, Welsh and Northern Irish GCSE in computer science saw entries rise from 60,146 in 2016 to 65,205 in 2017. However, the report found that it was hard to find skilled teachers and therefore more money would have to be spent. Dale Peters, an analyst at TechMarketView, commented: "Teachers are being asked to teach an unfamiliar subject and there are too few teachers with the requisite skills to teach the curriculum".

BobsGuide

MyFirmsApp is Selected for Great British Scaleup Programme - 16th November
Analyst: General
TechMarketView analysts perceive the opportunity for MyFirmsApp is huge with an ‘addressable market of 350,000 accounting firms in major English speaking geographies’ that could potentially buy an App from the Darlington Company. App-driven technology is transforming the way firms communicate with their clients and the way in which they can increase visibility by having their own branded App in the App store and on their clients’ mobile home screens.

Qell

Liberty Global forms joint venture with UK telecoms investor - 20th November
Analyst: Anthony Miller
Virgin Media said it added 19,000 new small businesses which drove a 78 per cent rise in subscription revenue in the third quarter. But overall business-to-business revenue only grew 2 per cent to £186m as lower data and voice revenue offset new customer additions. Anthony Miller, an analyst with TechMarketView, said that many small businesses like dealing with smaller telecoms providers, not giant players. He added that MXC also needs to deal with the “mouse dances with elephant’ syndrome” in its partnership with Liberty.

Bdaily

Darlington tech firm selected for Great British Scaleup programme - 20th November
Analyst: General
TechMarketView has selected Darlington software company MyFirmsApp to take part in the Great British Scaleup Programme. Founded three years ago, the firm came to life to provide the UK’s only compliant app solution for accountants and bookkeepers. Now with a client base of over 1000 users, the app has enjoyed over a quarter of a million downloads since its formation.

Total Telecom

Liberty Global, MXC Capital form UK telco JV - 21st November
Analyst: Anthony Miller
A report in the Financial Times revealed that the two companies had been in discussions for a number of weeks over the formation of the JV and have compiled a shopping list of small telcos it plans to snap up in the coming months. The newly formed JV will likely target small businesses in the U.K.'s telecoms sector. Anthony Miller, an analyst with TechMarketView, said in a research note that many small businesses in this arena would prefer to deal with a smaller provider, rather than a huge multi-national conglomerate.

Business Cloud

Myfirmsapp Selected For Great British Scaleup Programme - 22nd November
Analyst: General
MyFirmsApp, the largest global accountancy app, was chosen by TechMarketView for the programme which is designed to assist fast-growing UK tech companies accelerate even faster. Joel Oliver, CEO of MyFirmsApp, said: “To be invited to join the Scaleup Programme is a great privilege and we are looking forward to being able to learn from those that have navigated the sometimes difficult challenge of growing an International Tech business.”

Information Age

The Tech Talent Charter and it’s mission to tackle gender imbalance - 23rd November
Analyst: General
The Tech Talent Charter was formed with one goal in mind; to address the severe gender imbalance within the technology industry. That aim has now widened to every industry, as the list of signatories on the charter include organisations outside the traditionally viewed tech space. It is true that now, every company is a technology company.

Channel News

Angry Bird Looking For Mate Who Can Fly, After Shocker Landing - 24th November
Analyst: Richard Holway
Rovio has been under pressure to prove that it can replicate the huge success of Angry Birds, which it released in 2009 and went on to become one of the most successful games of the smartphone era. Richard Holway, chairman of TechMarketView, said the company’s future would depend on its ability to develop a second game as popular as its first. “This whole business goes on whether or not you can have a second game that is a hit,” he said. “If it costs you more to get a new user than that user is willing to spend on you, then that’s a very bad business plan.”